3 Ways Golf Will Make You Smarter

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Not many people think about “plays” involved in every sport. Whether, it’s basketball, football, or even golf, if you don’t play, then you don’t know the mental game that’s involved.

As I’ve continued to learn golf, I’ve learned there’s so much more than just being able to smack the ball as far as I can. Sometimes, it’s not about hitting it far. Sometimes, it’s about laying up, so your next shot isn’t over a bunker. Have you ever heard of the saying, “Work smarter, not harder?” 

I didn’t expect it would challenge me to learn more and be smarter.  Every time I golf I realize it requires a little extra thinking and problem solving before picking up a club. There are a couple of situations where you may find yourself learning. 

1) Understanding distance and being able to add up your strokes can be a challenge. You have to remember your strokes at every hole. If you don’t, then you’re hurting yourself. You’ll start to realize your memorization skills are improving with every round.

2) You may not realize it, but you’re learning every time you visit the same golf course. Your mind is remembering each hole, including the layout. You’ll start to remember that the last time you used your 6 iron, you overshot the hole. This time you’ll use your 7. Again, you’re exercising memorization.

3) Finally, if you’re a smart golfer, then you’re constantly reading about how you can improve your game. The more you read, the more your mind grows. That’s the beauty of life. You can learn forever. 

The next time you’re at the course, reflect on how much you’ve learned since the last time you were there. What do you remember? What can you put to use this time? Then, have fun with it. 


2 thoughts on “3 Ways Golf Will Make You Smarter

  1. Thanks for this article! I agree with you that about it being challenging to play the smarter shot rather than the more gutsy shot. I also like to take physical notes on how I played certain holes on my home course. It helps with my confidence the next time i am in a similar situation. I just carry a small notebook in my bag.

  2. Scott,
    Thanks for commenting! 🙂 Carrying a notebook is a great idea. I do frequent a few courses in summer, so I’ll start doing that to help.
    Thanks again!

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